Although no one knows how long it will take for aquatics facilities to be operating like before, it’s clear that COVID-19 has already changed the way facilities will operate forever.
To succeed in a post-COVID world, keep staff on payroll, and make patrons happy, we must find opportunities to maximize what we have while we have it.
During the COVID-19 shutdown, Josh Herbert, aquatics division manager at the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department, tried a new water treatment system to reduce costs and improve air quality. What he discovered was a smarter solution that he wanted to implement on all of the City of Albuquerque’s pools.
Addressing age-old problems
For many indoor aquatics facilities, maintaining fresh air quality takes time, effort, and resources, especially for heavily used pools open all year, such as the West Mesa Aquatic Center’s indoor leisure pool. With water features, a slide, and a zero-slope entry, the leisure pool provides a handicap-accessible swimming environment for the entire community.
“With the high use, the facility was originally designed with an ozone system which lasted a total of six years,” said Herbert. “The air circulation in the building met minimum air changes but did a poor job at exhausting chloramines.”
Many assume that “pool odor” comes from chlorine. However, it’s actually chloramines, or combined chlorine, the disinfection by-product of chlorine reacting to contaminants such as sweat,…